Lord Mayor: Trump welcome in Cork

Lord Mayor: Trump welcome in Cork
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar presents US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with the Shamrock Bowl, at the St Patrick's Day Reception at The White House.

THE Lord Mayor of Cork has said he would welcome Donald Trump to Leeside if the US president takes up an invitation to visit Ireland.

Despite widespread opposition to a visit from TDs and other elected representatives, Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald said any visit by Mr Trump would offer an incredible opportunity to showcase Cork.

“A visit by a US President is also an unrivalled opportunity to showcase all that Cork has to offer to an international audience: whether that is as a location to invest in, a destination to visit or a city to study in.” 

However, Cork North Central TDs Jonathan O’Brien and Mick Barry have both said Mr Trump should not be invited here.

Mr O’Brien said: I think it sends out all the wrong messages. Donald Trump is a racist, he is a homophobe.

“If I was Taoiseach, I wouldn't have invited him.”

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